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Resident Coordinator of UN Pakistan Neil Buhne has stressed the need for a proactive role by the society to check violence against women.

Speaking in a programme of Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel on Wednesday, he said the violence against women is a global phenomenon, which is affecting about one thirds of the women around the world.

Neil Buhne said violence against women limits choices for women, which can affect the health of the society. He said the United Nations has launched a program in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to help the women easily report the incidents of violence against them to the police. He said women police officers should be recruited for the purpose.

Neil Buhne said the '16 days of Activism' campaign by the civil society, which was adopted by the United Nations in 2008, is run across the globe for ending violence against women.

Speaking in the programme, Country Representative of UN Women Jamshed Kazi said the "16 days of Activism" provides women an opportunity to highlight their issues.

He said a lot of efforts have been made in Pakistan to check violence against women. He said the Punjab government has decided to include a subject on gender-based violence in the curriculum from Grade 8 to 12 in educational institutions.

Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson for the National Commission on the status of women, said a systematic approach needs to be developed to address the issue. She said the most important areas should be taken up on priority. She said it is very important that women develop understanding about the issue, and also speak about it. 


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